Far-right activist and Trump supporter Laura Loomer on Twitter Friday wondered aloud why the suspected bomber's van, which the FBI seized Friday, looks "brand new." Sayoc's van was covered in pro-Trump stickers, including some that depicted crosshairs over prominent Democrats like Hillary Clinton. But Loomer dismissed this by contending the stickers seemed to be "printed yesterday," implying a wild conspiracy is afoot. In another tweet, she sarcastically asked for "nature-proof Trump stickers" and questioned why the ones on the van weren't damaged in Hurricane Michael.
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh made a similarly wild argument on his show Friday, using the fact that the stickers aren't faded from sunlight as "evidence" that this is all a ruse, The New York Times' Trip Gabriel reports. This theory is despite Sayoc's apparent longstanding social media profiles, that are reportedly full of right-wing conspiracy theories, threats against Democrats, and videos taken at Trump rallies. Sayoc's fingerprints were discovered on one of the pipe bombs, authorities said. The "false flag" theory is also in spite of the fact that numerous Twitter users have posted pictures of the van covered in the same stickers that they say were taken up to a year ago.
Many in the conservative media over the past few days have been floating conspiracy theories that a Democrat was responsible for the attempted attacks or that the entire thing was a hoax. Limbaugh previously suggested that it would "make a lot of sense for a Democrat operative or Democrat-inculcated lunatic to do it." FBI Director Christopher Wray said during a news conference Friday afternoon that the pipe bombs were "not hoax devices," and Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the suspect "appears to be a partisan." Brendan Morrow